The National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) tradeshow and convention is set to take place March 30-April 2 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif. As in year’s past, the event will feature keynote addresses, sessions, award banquets, social events and a tradeshow floor replete with the latest products and technological advances for the tribal resort marketplace. Visit www.indiangamingtradeshow.com for more information on this event.
To help navigate what will likely be a packed product exhibition, Casino Journal offered some slot vendors a chance to profile some recent game introductions or products they will showcase at NIGA in their own words. Here are their responses:
Aristocrat Technologies and VGT are taking it to the next level, presenting a winning combination at NIGA, the first time the brands will be exhibited in the same booth, giving customers unprecedented opportunities in Class II and Class III gaming from industry-leading suppliers.
In the booth will be Aristocrat’s Wonder Wheels line, with an all-new Superman game and The Big Bang Theory. In the Double Arc cabinet are Britney Spears and Buffalo Grand.
Also showing are Can Can de Paris and Sons of Anarchy, ranked one of the year’s most anticipated games.
Debuting at NIGA are VGT’s first WAPs. Easy Money Jackpot offers life-changing jackpots on player-favorite games including Mr. Money Bags, Hot Red Ruby, Lucky Ducky and Crazy Cherry. New progressive titles feature the legendary Hot Red Ruby. Ruby’s Lounge Life and Ruby’s Hot Red Cabaret use the same math model/base game features of Ruby’s original, adding multi-level progressive jackpots.
Indian Gaming 2015 booth number: 1231
THAR BE DRAGONS
The Gold Dragon Red Dragon Class II video slot machine from Cadillac Jack is a Fierce Factor, PowerXStream game featuring two monstrous fire-breathing dragons. The game is a 100 credit higher volatility take on the popular White Buffalo theme that features a scatter-initiated free spin bonus. The PowerXStream experience has a 3-4-4-4-3 reel configuration with 576 ways to win.
Indian Gaming 2015 booth number: 1821
SET TO SOAR
International Game Technology (IGT) soars above the competition with its Golden Eagle video slot, the flagship game released on IGT’s all-new hardware, the CrystalDual Cabinet.
The five-reel, 100-payline, configurable cost-to-cover game attracts the true gambler seeking thrilling high-volatility play. Golden Eagle presents an exciting new Nudging Wilds feature, where gilded wild symbols have the potential to cover the reels for large jackpot opportunities. Big win anticipation climbs when players enter the free games bonus, where they can win up to 20 games upon first triggering the bonus, with full and partial retriggers.
Housed on the CrystalDual, Golden Eagle is equipped with a dynamic sound package and 3D MLD technology that bring warrior symbols to life.
Indian Gaming 2015 booth number: 1633
The ZZ Top Live From Texas Class II slot machine from Bally Technologies will have players grooving as they party with the iconic rock band in high-definition on the ALPHA Pro V22/32 with a 5.1 surround-sound chair.
ZZ Top makes a special appearance in this five-reel, 30-line game for the Class 2 market. This concert-like slot experience includes some of the band’s classics like Sharp Dressed Man, Cheap Sunglasses, Just Got Paid, Legs, and Gimmie All Your Lovin’, along with plenty of concert footage that will keep players rockin’.
Players touch and spin a ZZ Top Bonus Wheel to win one of the three unique free games bonuses, a Jackpot Wheel spin, or a money spin that awards an instant credit. The Jackpot Wheel awards players one of two progressive jackpots at any bet level, or a huge wide-area progressive jackpot at max bet.
Indian Gaming 2015 booth number: 2033
EVERYTHING IS AWESOME
Howl at the moon! WMS Gaming has added Eagle Maiden and Lone Wolf themes to its Awesome Reels family. The themes have a distinct 6x4 reel layout offering 4,096 ways to win each spin and the chance at multiple six-of-a-kind wins. Win up to 100 free spins, with the chance of retriggering the free spin bonus adding up to 100 additional free spins.
Three awesome features can trigger on reel six during base game play. When an Awesome Respin symbol lands on reel six accompanied by a winning combination, the winning combination will be locked in position as the reels respin. An Awesome Burst symbol on reel six accompanied by a winning combination triggers the Awesome Burst Bonus, during which a seemingly random number of symbols will be replaced with the highest paying symbol won on that spin.
Indian Gaming 2015 booth number: 2033
Multimedia Games will be showcasing established and new Class II slot machines at this year’s NIGA show.
Multimedia success stories on display will include One Red Cent Deluxe and Carnival in Rio. One Red Cent Deluxe is a nine?reel format that uses a proven bonus game and has a linked progressive that triggers on five or more jackpot symbols. Carnival in Rio is a free spin game where the stacked dancer symbols turn wild during the bonus for a very rich free spin experience.
More recent Class II games that have caused a stir for Multimedia include Moby Dick and Starry Night. “Both games have our art team’s unique twist on slot themes,” said Clint Owen, vice president and executive producer, game development for Multimedia Games. “And both are new combinations of features we’ve seen success with in other high-performing games.”
Indian Gaming 2015 booth number: 1121
American Gaming Systems (AGS) will showcase Class II versions of successful Class III slot machines such as Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?.
The skill-based trivia bonus features found in these games allow players to earn more credits for correct answers, and have proven to be a player favorite in Ripley’s Believe It or Not!. Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Is also the first game housed in the company’s attractive new Skytower cabinet, which stands over seven feet tall and is sure to be a traffic stopper on any casino floor.
“For us, NIGA is going to be about showing our premium products,” said Andrew Burke, vice president of slot products for AGS.
Indian Gaming 2015 booth number: 921
Recently released on its Podium Monument cabinet, Konami Gaming’s Hammer Festival stand-alone progressive slot machine spotlights a hammer-welding Amazonian monkey who knocks blocks from a colored stack of increasing cash prizes. In this unique one-level mystery progressive, the monkey swings his hammer to reach the jackpot while his displayed stamina gauge dwindles accordingly, booted only by specially-placed banana energy bunches. Hammer Festival is compatible with any KP3 platform game that doesn’t require a top-box display.
Indian Gaming 2015 booth number: 1833
Japan’s deadliest warrior goes head-to-head with you in the recently released, five-reel 30-line video themed game, Dark Samurai. This brand new interactive G-DELUXE from Aruze Gaming America is played at a recommended denomination of 1cent and offers several different bonuses such as the wheel spin bonus, free games, Battle Bonus, Slash Bonus and Castle Bonus.
The Ninja Wheel Bonus is triggered by three bonus symbols appearing during the base game. Once the wheel is spun, one of the four wheel bonuses can be triggered.
Indian Gaming 2015 booth number: 2123